The Grapes of Wrath

By John Steinbeck

Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati

Directed by Michael Michetti

Feb 16 – May 11, 2013

“Strong direction, PHENOMENAL performances, and gorgeous technical elements.”Backstage

“MAGNIFICENT… resoundingly powerful.”StageSceneLA

“EVOCATIVE…enveloped in musicality”LA Weekly

“A TREASURE… go see this powerful piece.”The Stage Struck Review

From Oklahoma to California, John Steinbeck’s quintessential American story of hope and survival is brought to the stage by Frank Galati’s supremely  theatrical adaptation.

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours & 45 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission)

Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to all.  Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life.  Led by the indomitable Ma Joad, who is determined to keep the family together at any cost, and by the volatile young Tom Joad, an ex-convict who grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation which they encounter on their trek, the Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination – where their waning hopes are dealt a final blow by the start realities of the Great Depression.  And yet, despite the anguish and suffering that it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit, and of the essential goodness and strength which – then as now – resides in the hearts and minds of the “common man” throughout the world.